The Cleveland Cavaliers shakeup continued in advance of today's NBA Trade Deadline. After acquiring Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., the team now agreed to a three-team deal sending out Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose in exchange for Utah Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood and Sacramento Kings point guard George Hill. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN first reported the trade.
We'll first focus on Hood, who started to find his shot in Utah in the lead up to the NBA's trade deadline. In his last 10 games, Hood shot 58.7 percent from the field and averaged 17.8 points per game.
On the season, Hood showed his shooting form fairly consistently with averages of 16.8 points and a 38.9 three-point percentage in nearly 28 minutes per game for the Jazz this season. An impending restricted free agent, Utah remained determined to move him before the deadline and found a good trade partner in Cleveland.
It's a solid addition for the Cavaliers from a basketball perspective, Hood will need to try and find his rhythm again on a team where he will be surrounded by new players and multiple players are incoming and will need to develop chemistry. His big-time scoring ability and athleticism should help him pass J.R. Smith for the starting two-guard spot in a few weeks.
From a fantasy perspective, fantasy owners need to hope he keeps the hot stretch going and the move doesn't take away from his recent hot play. LeBron James and Kevin Love should help open shots for him and James' passing skills will create some great outside shooting opportunities. Meanwhile, he spent a year playing with Hill, so the two do have some familiarity with each other.